Then I took a daring attempt and tried the pattern using plarn. What is plarn, you may ask? You can make plarn with plastic grocery bags. After a run to the supermarket, cut 1 inch loops from the plastic bags and loop them together.
I think it took about 80-100 bags to make this bag. It is HUGE. The handle stretched a bit and the bottom rounded out more, but it's still functional. As I was making it, a friend purchased it from me. So I never go to use it. But I will make one for myself (one day).